(Gulp!) "Ask Dave" is online!|
(Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 11:00 EST)
IR's resident camera expert offers his help in your buying decisions...
Boy, am I nervous about this one! - I'm really not sure I have the human bandwidth (hours in the day) available to keep up with a flood of questions, but let's give it a try: I announced this on the News page at the end of last week, and now have brought it live in our Forums: An "Ask Dave" forum, where I'll try to answer reader questions about the merits of camera A vs camera B, etc. I actually put the forum folder up yesterday but didn't publicize it, just to get a feel for what people would be asking, and how the flow of requests would go. I got about a dozen really well-posed questions, and answered them in detail. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up that level of extreme detail if an onslaught hits, but one advantage of doing this in a forum is that all my past answers will be there for everyone to see. I'm still swamped with a pile of catch-up review work for the site, but will make a herculean effort to get by the Ask Dave forum at least once a day to answer questions posted there. I'm going to give this a try through the end of next week, to see how it goes.
One important note: This is not a freebie. - If you use the "Ask Dave" forum (whether by posting or just reading), you're on your honor to either purchase through one of the IR advertisers, or make a small donation to support the site. This level of response takes a huge chunk out of my already-overbooked life, which means other things on the site will take a back seat for the duration. If the Ask Dave forum isn't supported by your purchases & contributions, I'll have to regretfully stop doing it and apply my time to other aspects of the site. That said, go on over & check it out!